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“The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.”
“The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“The heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.”
“The heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“Good men… They’re not like buses. There won’t be another round in 10 minutes.”
“Good men… They’re not like buses. There won’t be another round in 10 minutes.”
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— Anna, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“Seems a pity not to take a chance to end a quarrel. Isn’t it better than to let it fester?”
“Seems a pity not to take a chance to end a quarrel. Isn’t it better than to let it fester?”
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— Isobel Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Nothing in life is sure.”
“Nothing in life is sure.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“We must always travel in hope.”
“We must always travel in hope.”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“You are being tested. You know what they say darling, being tested only makes you stronger.”
“You are being tested. You know what they say darling, being tested only makes you stronger.”
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— Cora, Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Sympathy butters no parsnips.”
“Sympathy butters no parsnips.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one’s dog.”
“There is nothing more ill-bred than trying to steal the affections of one’s dog.”
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— Robert, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”
“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“It’s the gloomy things that need help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?”
“It’s the gloomy things that need help. If everything in the garden is sunny, why meddle?”
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— Lady Sybil Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“You know me…Never complain, never explain.”
“You know me…Never complain, never explain.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“There's no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that doesn't sometimes have to negotiate thin ice.”
“There's no such thing as a marriage between two intelligent people that doesn't sometimes have to negotiate thin ice.”
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— Robert, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.”
“My advice, Daisy, is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.”
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— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“Love is like speaking French: if you don’t learn it young, it’s hard to get the trick of it later.”
“Love is like speaking French: if you don’t learn it young, it’s hard to get the trick of it later.”
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— Hugh ‘Shrimpie’ MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.”
“Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past.”
“I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past.”
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— Cora, Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker.”
“If you must pay money, better to a doctor than an undertaker.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.”
“Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.”
“Harsh reality is always better than false hope.”
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— Dr. Clarkson, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you.”
 “Real love means giving someone the power to hurt you.”
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— Branson, Downton Abbey, Season 6

“You can’t spend too long on a one-sided love.”
“You can’t spend too long on a one-sided love.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Meaning well is not enough.”
“Meaning well is not enough.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“We must all have our hearts broken once or twice before we’re done.”
“We must all have our hearts broken once or twice before we’re done.”
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— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.”
“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6

“Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it; so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.”
“Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it; so every ship is unsinkable until it sinks.”
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— Robert Crawley, Lord Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“If we only had moral thoughts, what would the poor churchmen find to do?”
“If we only had moral thoughts, what would the poor churchmen find to do?”
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—Violet, Dowager Countess, Season 5

“Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.”
“Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“Work is like old age, m’lady – the worst thing in the world, except for the alternative.”
“Work is like old age, m’lady – the worst thing in the world, except for the alternative.”
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— Drewe, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.”
“No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.”
“A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.”
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—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“You’re nervous because you’re intelligent; only stupid people are foolhardy.”
“You’re nervous because you’re intelligent; only stupid people are foolhardy.”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“Nothing is as changeable as a young man’s heart. Take hope and warning from that.”
“Nothing is as changeable as a young man’s heart. Take hope and warning from that.”
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— Mrs. Patmore, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.”
“Beware of being ‘too good at it.’ That’s the danger of living alone, it can be very hard to give up.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 6

“I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.”
“I’ve decided to live in the present and not spend my life regretting the past or dreading the future.”
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— Daisy, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“We only know what we are capable of when we test our limits.”
“We only know what we are capable of when we test our limits.”
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—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 6

“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”
“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

“We understand the importance of tradition and history. We just don’t give it power over us.”
“We understand the importance of tradition and history. We just don’t give it power over us.”
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— Martha Levinson, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.”
“War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.”
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— Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“All life is a series of problems, that we must try and solve.”
“All life is a series of problems, that we must try and solve.”
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—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“I’d rather have the right man, than the right wedding.”
“I’d rather have the right man, than the right wedding.”
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— Anna, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?”
“What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us?”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“I miss a lot of things; but you have to keep moving, don’t you?”
“I miss a lot of things; but you have to keep moving, don’t you?”
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— Bates, Downton Abbey, Season 1

“When tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. And in the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves.”
“When tragedies strike, we try to find someone to blame. And in the absence of a suitable candidate, we usually blame ourselves.”
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—Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“I know, we all need a purpose.”
“I know, we all need a purpose.”
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— Lady Edith, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“A broken heart can be as painful as a broken limb.”
“A broken heart can be as painful as a broken limb.”
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— Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey, Season 2

“In my opinion, to misquote Doctor Johnson, if you’re tired of style, you are tired of life.”
“In my opinion, to misquote Doctor Johnson, if you’re tired of style, you are tired of life.”
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— Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 3

“Aren’t we the lucky ones to have loved.”
“Aren’t we the lucky ones to have loved.”
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— Isobel Crawley, Downton Abbey, Season 4

“There can be too much truth in any relationship.”
“There can be too much truth in any relationship.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 4

 

“There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”
“There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”
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— Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 5

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